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Biography of John Tavener

Sir John Tavener was born in 1944 and first came to prominence in 1968 with “The Whale.” Other avant-garde works followed: “In Alium” (1968), “Celtic Requiem” (1969), “Therese” (1973), until a period of contemplation and relative silence led to his entering the Eastern Orthodox Church in 1977. Having found his true spiritual home, and steeping himself in Orthodox liturgy and chant, a series of works both choral and instrumental, lasting from a few minutes to the seven hours of The Veil of the Temple (2003) have been performed to critical acclaim. Such works as “The Lamb,” “Song for Athena” and “The Protecting Veil” have given him an international reputation.

Later, beyond Orthodoxy and under the influence of the writings of Frithjof Schuon, Tavener's continuing and prolific output incorporated Hindu, Sufi, Jewish and North American Indian ideas. The composer's The Music of Silence: A Composer's Testament was published in 1999. Sir John received his Knighthood in the Millenium Honours List. Sir John Tavener died in 2013.

Sir John Tavener’s article, "Towards the Musica Perennis", is found in World Wisdom's Every Man An Artist .

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